Alphabet - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

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Fame and success came for Górecki at an unexpected moment – post factum, in a sense. A recording of his Symphony No. 3 featuring the excellent soprano Dawn Upshaw had spectacular success on Elektra Records, 16 years after he had composed the piece. Suddenly Górecki’s work was at the top of music charts and was even listened to by truck drivers, as many sources emphasise. It is suggested frequently that the success of Górecki’s work is largely due to the label’s extensive promotional campaign. Regardless of the commercial aspect, the popularity of Symphony No. 3 drew world audiences to Górecki’s other compositions. Still, it is the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs that remains his absolute “hit”.